“In her company debut, Melissa Citro gave unstintingly of a bright and beautiful voice, singing with the utmost security and power. Her portrayal of the unhappy heroine was fully nuanced, demonstrating a complete understanding of this complex character. The song to the moon was ravishingly sung” – George Dansker – Opera News – Rusalka New Orleans Opera
Soprano Melissa Citro wins praise whenever she performs, “As Magda, Melissa Citro brought her Wagnerian soprano to the role and stopped the performance in the second act with her aria” – The Glimmerglass Festival, The Consul – CNY Café Momus. Her recent engagements include the title role of Tosca for Opera Colorado, the title role of Dvořák’s Rusalka for New Orleans Opera, Minnie in La Fanciulla del West for Michigan Opera Theatre and Opera Colorado, Marina in Dvorak’s rarely heard Dmitrij at the Bard Festival, and Gutrune and Brünnhilde (cover) in San Francisco Opera’s production of Wagner’s Ring, a return to the Metropolitan Opera for Die Walküre, and her role debut of Tosca for Opera Southwest.
Prior to that she made her Washington National Opera debut as Gutrune in their new production of Götterdämmerung, returned to New Orleans Opera as Rosilinde in Die Fledermaus, and her debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s 2nd Symphony. Ms. Citro debuted with the San Francisco Opera as Freia in Das Rheingold, and Gutrune in Götterdämmerung, and made her role debut as Sieglinde in Die Walküre with the Virginia Opera. For the San Francisco Opera she covered Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer, and returned to the Metropolitan Opera where she covered Renee Fleming in the title role in Rusalka. She joined both the San Francisco Opera and the Metropolitan Opera casts of The Makropulous Case, where she covered Karita Mattila as Emilia, and made her role debut as Senta for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
Prior seasons saw Ms. Citro in the title role of La Wally in her debut with the Dallas Opera, Magda Sorel in Menotti’s The Consul for the Glimmerglass Festival, Ortlinda and the Third Norn for Los Angeles Opera’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, Hawaii Opera Theatre as Ortlinde in Die Walküre, and debuted the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder. Ms. Citro made her international debut in the title role of Janáček’s Jenůfa in Calixto Bieito’s acclaimed production for the Stuttgart Opera.
Ms. Citro was a Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Additional awards have included the George London Award, the Richman Award from Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and the first place winner of the Mario Lanza Competition.